It’s Karaoke Night in The St. George. Andrea, Eddie, Asha and Kyle are ready to take a stand... A site-specific theatre show about the positive power of protest.
It’s Karaoke Night in The St. George. Andrea, Eddie, Asha and Kyle are ready to take a stand.
The Ballad of St John’s Car Park was a sticky-floored tribute to the positive power of protest and standing up for what we believe in.
With spectacular projection, joyous dance and uplifting community song, The Ballad of St John’s Car Park told a unifying story about moments in Medway’s history that have been transformed by activism, from the protested closure of Chatham Dockyard in 1984 to the Black Lives Matter movement’s 2020 campaign to rename a local car park that commemorated a prominent slave trader.
This brand-new immersive theatre production was created and performed by a company of professional performers alongside 200 people from local communities, and young people supported by our Theatre31 programme.
After the show, the bar and karaoke stayed open for an inclusive community party where the audience performed their own karaoke songs.
Director: Nancy Hirst
Set and Costume Designer: Sarah Booth
Lighting Designer: Dan Terry
Projection Designer: Gino Ricardo Green
Composer and Sound Designer: Jonathan Vincent
Music Director: Tania Holland Williams
Choreographer: Grace Murdoch
Assistant Director: Joshua Miles
Assistant Music Director: Naomi Ash
Theatre31 Young Cast Director: Lily Vincent-Frankland
Theatre31 Young Cast Assistant: Molly Young
Costume Supervisor: Evelien Coleman
British Sign Language Interpreter: Becky Barry
The script was devised and written with David King-Yombo, Tabby Lamb, Harveen Mann ARAM, PK Taylor and Nancy Hirst. It was developed further through a collaborative process with Vaneeka Dadhria, Jaye Hudson, Ravneet Sehra, the community ensemble and Icon Theatre’s young people’s programme Theatre31.
Asha: Vaneeka Dadhria
Andrea: Jaye Hudson
Kyle: David King-Yombo
Eddie: PK Taylor
Producer: Tania Holland Williams
Assistant Producer (Re:Generation 2031 Placement, Creative Estuary): George Simmonds
Production Manager: Ian Taylor (eStage)
Technical Manager: Pete Rickards (eStage)
Stage Manager: Jodie Jasmin Hicks
Assistant Stage Manager: Holly Glenn
Deputy Stage Manager: Fríða Frosta
Projection Programmer: Dan Bond
Lighting Technician: Gary Hoare
Sound Board Technician: Simon Foster
Participant ASM/DSM: Grace Hart
Production Management Placement: Lewis Champney
Set Builder: Joel Tozer
Production Assistant (Emerging Producer Placement Scheme): Samuel Fouch
Chaperones: Emie Andrews, Katrina Festorazzi, Ellen Fogarty, Jacqui Leppert, David Lloyd, Gemma Perkins, Laura Regan, Todd Revell, Anthony Walker, Francesca West
Artwork Design: Kate Burt
Photography: Roswitha Chesher
An Icon Theatre Production co-commissioned by Creative Estuary and Medway Council and supported by Arts Council England. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funds the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England. Icon Theatre’s young people’s programme Theatre31 is funded by Arts Council England in partnership with Medway Council, Kent County Council & ROH Bridge.
£1, £5, £10 (no booking fee)
As part of our commitment to making theatre as accessible as possible, a limited number of £5 tickets are available for each performance on a first-come, first-serve basis. Standing tickets are available at £1 (you will be able to lean against a rail or similar).
The St George Hotel, 7-8 New Rd Ave, Chatham ME4 6BB. The entrance to the show is at the rear of the hotel in Gundulph Road.
The venue is fully accessible. Wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility are requested to enter via the main reception of the hotel.
If you require a companion to attend the production, their ticket will be free. Please contact email@example.com or 01634 813179 to arrange this.
Saturday 8 October, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
BSL-interpreted performances, delivered by an interpreter, give a sign interpretation of the text spoken and/or sung by artists in the production. If you wish to reserve a seat near the interpreter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01634 813179.
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